Thursday, May 21, 2015

21st May(Thursday),2015 Daily Exclusive ORYZA Rice E_Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Asia Rice Quotes Unchanged Today

May 20, 2015
Asia rice sellers kept their quotes mostly unchanged today.
5% Broken Rice
Thailand 5% rice is indicated at around $370 - $380 per ton, about a $20 per ton premium on Vietnam 5% rice  shown at around $350 - $360 per ton. India 5% rice is indicated at around $370 - $380 per ton, about a $25 per ton discount to Pakistan 5% rice shown at around $395 - $405 per ton.
25% Broken Rice
Thailand 25% rice is shown at around $350 - $360 per ton, about a $20 per ton premium on Vietnam 25% rice shown at around $330- $340 per ton. India 25% rice is indicated at around $345 - $355, about a $10 per ton discount to Pakistan 25% rice shown at around $355 - $365 per ton.
Parboiled Rice
Thailand parboiled rice is indicated at around $370 - $380 per ton. India parboiled rice is indicated at around $360 - $370 per ton, about a $45 per ton discount to Pakistan parboiled rice shown at around $405 - $415 per ton.
100% Broken Rice
Thailand broken rice, A1 Super, is indicated at around $315 - $325 per ton, about a $10 per ton premium on Vietnam 100% broken rice shown at around $305 - $315 per ton. India's 100% broken rice is shown at around $270 - $280 per ton, about a $30 per ton discount to  Pakistan broken sortexed rice shown at around $300 - $310 per ton.
Global Rice Quotes
May 21st, 2015
Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade          380-390           ↔
Vietnam 5% broken    350-360           ↔
India 5% broken         370-380           ↔
Pakistan 5% broken    405-415           ↑
Myanmar 5% broken   415-425           ↔
Cambodia 5% broken             430-440           ↔
U.S. 4% broken           465-475           ↓
Uruguay 5% broken    565-575           ↔
Argentina 5% broken 555-565           ↔
Long grain white rice - low quality
Thailand 25% broken 350-360           ↔
Vietnam 25% broken 330-340           ↔
Pakistan 25% broken 360-370           ↑
Cambodia 25% broken           410-420           ↔
India 25% broken       345-355           ↔
U.S. 15% broken         455-465           ↓
Long grain parboiled rice
Thailand parboiled 100% stxd            370-380           ↔
Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd    405-415           ↔
India parboiled 5% broken stxd         360-370           ↔
U.S. parboiled 4% broken       555-565           ↔
Brazil parboiled 5% broken    570-580           ↔
Uruguay parboiled 5% broken            NQ      ↔
Long grain fragrant rice
Thailand Hommali 92%          865-875           ↔
Vietnam Jasmine         480-490           ↔
India basmati 2% broken        NQ      ↔
Pakistan basmati 2% broken   NQ      ↔
Cambodia Phka Mails             815-825           ↔
Brokens
Thailand A1 Super      315-325           ↔
Vietnam 100% broken            305-315           ↔
Pakistan 100% broken stxd    305-315           ↑
Cambodia A1 Super   350-360           ↔
India 100% broken stxd         270-280           ↔
Egypt medium grain brokens NQ      ↔
U.S. pet food 365-375           ↔
Brazil half grain          NQ      ↔
All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel, oryza.com

FAO Estimates Indonesia Rice Imports to Decline Sharply in 2015-16

May 20, 2015
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates Indonesia to import around 900,000 tons of rice in 2015-16 (April - March), down about 25% from around 1.2 million tons last year due to a favorable outlook for 2015 aggregate rice production. It estimates Indonesia's total cereal imports in 2015-16 at around 11.5 million tons, down about 3% from around 11.15 million tons last year.
The FAO estimates Indonesia's 2015 aggregate paddy rice production at around 73 million tons (around 46.72 million tons of rice, basis milled), up about 3% from an estimated 70.61 million tons (around 45.2 million tons of rice, basis milled) in 2014.Harvesting of the 2015 main season paddy crop (mid-October to mid-May) is ongoing and will continue till mid-July. Favourable weather conditions, coupled with diverse initiatives launched by the government to support production, including the rehabilitation of irrigation channels, distribution of subsidized seeds and fertilizers, are expected to increase the yields of the main season, says the FAO. It also expects a slight expansion in area planted for the 2015 secondary season rice crop (June to mid-December).The government has been aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production this year and accordingly has been providing  support to the sector.
Average rice prices have been increasing since September 2014 and have reached record levels in March 2015. However, since April, prices reversed direction due to the government intervention as well as increased supplies from the 2015 main season rice crop. Currently, prices stand at around 9.875 million Rupiah (around $751) per ton, down about 1.25% from around 10 million Rupiah (around $770) per ton in April 2015.USDA estimates Indonesia to produce around 36.3 million tons of rice, basis milled (around 57.17 million tons, basis paddy), and import around 1.25 million tons of rice in MY 2014-15 (October - September).

MRF Expects Myanmar to Export 2 Million Tons of Rice in FY 2015-16; Up 18% from Last Year

May 20, 2015

The Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) has expressed confidence that the country would export about 2 million tons of rice in the fiscal year 2015-16 (April - March) due to increasing demand from China, Africa and Europe, according to local sources.Cross border rice exports to China, which slowed down between August 2014 to February 2015 due to lack of a proper trade agreement between the two countries have reportedly resumed again following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the MRF and China's COFCO to export 100,000 tons this year. Traders told local sources that around 4,000 tons of rice is being exported to China currently through borders every day.Myanmar's rice exports have been increasing consistently for the last three years, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar exported about 1.7 million tons of rice in FY 2014-15, about 1.2 million tons of rice in FY 2013-14 and about 1.4 million tons of rice in FY 2012-13. The government is keen on increasing rice exports to around 3 million tons over the next few years and has prioritized rice in its National Export Strategy (NES).
The NES will focus on seven main sectors - rice, peas and pulses, fisheries productions, textiles, timber and forest products, rubber, and tourism - over the next five years to enhance the country's export reach as well as to the trade deficit, which is stood at around $5 billion in 2014-15, according to the Commerce Ministry. Sources at the Ministry noted that the NES implementation would cost the government about $900 million over the next five years.USDA estimates Myanmar to produce 19.688 million tons of paddy rice (around 12.6 million tons, milled basis) and export around 1.85 million tons of rice in MY 2014-15 (January - December 2015).

Limited Financing Options Hamper Export Opportunities for Cambodian Rice Millers, Say Experts

May 20, 2015
Limited access to finance, warehousing and logistical support are hampering export potential of Cambodian rice millers, local sources quoted some experts as saying.A recent report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) noted that Cambodian rice millers need to invest hugely in increasing their milling capacity and irrigation facilities to scale up exports. However, an official from the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) told local sources that Cambodian rice millers are facing acute financing problem and the government has not taken enough measures to address this issue. Due to this they are not in a position to scale up their milling and warehousing capacities.
He noted that Cambodian rice millers most of the time end up selling their stocks to Vietnam and Thai traders. They get attracted to huge amounts paid by them he says. Vietnam and Thai governments provide subsidies and warehouse facilities during the harvest season Cambodia lags behind such facilities.The official also noted that while the country currently has the potential to export around 1.5 million tons of rice, mills are currently working at only 30-40% of their capacities due to low stocks available. Millers need a huge working capital to buy paddy, stock and mill it and export it. However lack of access to working capital has been forcing millers to keep their mills idle most of the time. Though some private banks have been providing loans to millers, their conditions for collateral are tough to meet, he says. Moreover, private banks always retain the authority whether or not to sanction the loan, he adds.
The government has targeted to export around 1 million tons of rice in 2015, but it is far away from the target due to these inherent problems, he says.Cambodia exported around 201,183 tons of rice in the first four months of 2015, up about 67% from around 120,291 tons exported during the same period in 2014. Cambodia exported around 387,061 tons of rice in 2014.USDA estimates Cambodia to produce around 4.7 million tons of milled rice and export around 1.1 million tons (including official exports and unofficial exports to Vietnam and Thailand) in MY 2014-15 (January - December 2015).

Oryza Afternoon Recap - Chicago Rough Rice Futures Close Lower as Sellers Face Lack of Demand

May 20, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Jul delivery settled 8 cents per cwt (about $2 per ton) lower at $9.570 per cwt (about $211 per ton). The other grains finished the day mostly lower; Soybeans closed about 0.5% lower at $9.4125 per bushel; wheat finished about 0.5% higher at $5.1300 per bushel, and corn finished the day about 0.6% lower at $3.6000 per bushel.U.S. stocks traded sideways on Wednesday following a record close on the Dow as investors awaited the afternoon release of the Fed meeting minutes.
The major averages attempted to hold slight gains after fluctuating around the flatline. The Dow transports fell more than 1.5% as airline stocks declined. The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee releases the minutes from its April meeting at 2 p.m. The statement from that month removed all calendar references to the timing of a short-term interest rate hike. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said in Munich on Wednesday that a rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Reuters reported. Investors are also looking ahead to a Friday speech from Fed chief Janet Yellen for possible new clues on when the central bank may start raising interest rates.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 16 points, or 0.09%, at 18,296. The S&P 500 traded down 3 points, or 0.13%, at 2,125, with telecommunications leading four sectors higher and industrials the greatest laggard. The Nasdaq traded down 6 points, or 0.13%, at 5,063. Gold is trading about 0.2% higher, crude oil is seen trading about 1.6% higher, and the U.S. dollar is seen trading about 0.4% higher at about  1:00pm Chicago time.Tuesday, there were 266 contracts traded, down from 398 contracts traded on Monday. Open interest – the number of contracts outstanding – on Tuesday decreased by 13 contracts to 11,169.

Oryza U.S. Rough Rice Recap - Sideways Market as Buyers and Sellers Wait for Better Prices

May 20, 2015
The U.S. cash market was sideways today with little to no trading to report as most sellers remain on the sidelines hoping for prices to improve while buyers do the same.Analysts continue to note that without an increase in export demand prices will likely trend lower however some are hopeful that demand from either the Venezuela or Iraq will show up and support the market.   

Oryza Overnight Recap – Chicago Rough Rice Futures Seen Continued to be Dragged Lower by Bearish Grains and Lack of Fundamental Support

May 20, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Jul delivery are currently seen paused 3 cents per cwt (about $1 per ton) lower at $9.620 per cwt (about $212 per ton) ahead of floor trading in Chicago. The other grains are seen trading lower; soybeans are currently seen about 0.7% lower, wheat is listed about 0.7% lower and corn is currently noted about 0.3% lower.U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to higher open for Wall Street shares Wednesday ahead of the release of the minutes of April's Federal Reserve meeting, following another record close for the Dow Jones the previous session.
 On an otherwise quiet day for U.S. economic data, attention is expected to turn to the Fed minutes at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Fed's last meeting was a relatively uneventful one and preceded the release of several softer-than-expected economic figures. Markets are also already looking ahead to a speech Fridayfrom Fed chief Janet Yellen for possible new clues on when the central bank may start raising interest rates. Yellen is scheduled to speak Friday at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Luncheon at 1 p.m. She is not expected to take questions.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record for the second day in a row on Tuesday, ending below and intraday high of 18,351.36 set earlier that session. Gold is currently trading about 0.3% higher, crude oil is seen trading about 1.2% higher,  and the U.S. dollar is currently trading slightly higher at 8:15am Chicago time.

U.S. Southern States Look to Compensate for Tighter Rice Supplies from California

May 20, 2015
The U.S. southern states such as Arkansas and Louisiana, which typically grow long-grain rice, are looking to increase medium-grain production, in which California tops, in order to compensate for tighter supplies from the western state, according to AgAlert.While California rice growers are forced to reduce their acreage this year due to water restrictions and drought, the two states have reportedly increased the medium-grain acreage in expectation of higher returns. While the U.S. long-grain rice prices declined about 8% to around $475 per ton from around $515 per ton in the beginning of this year, the U.S. medium grain rice prices declined about 7% to around $850 per ton from around $915 in the beginning of this year.According to USDA, while California's total rice acreage (mostly of medium grain) had declined about 30% to around 434,000 acres (around 175,634 ha) in 2014 from around 567,000 acres (around 229,457 ha) in 2013, medium grain acreage in southern states more than doubled in 2014 to around 301,000 acres (around 121,810 ha). Surprisingly, the U.S. medium grain acreage increased 6% y/y in 2014.
USDA reports that this year, southern states are planning to plant medium grain rice in about 311,000 acres (around 125,857 ha) while California total rice acreage is expected to further decline to around 408,000 acres (around 165,112 ha), including 375,000 acres (around 151,757 ha) of medium grain.Keeping aside the acreage issue, most of the traditional customers of California medium-grain rice such as Turkey, Taiwan, Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been buying medium-grain rice from the southern states. Normally, California rice is known to be highly priced but the southern states have been offering medium grain rice at competitive prices.

Due to this, California rice growers are left with huge quantities of last year's stocks. Some rice growers told reporters that California medium-grain rice is also facing a stiff competition from Australia as well, especially in the Middle East markets. The recent port closures have also disrupted rice exports from California, they said. However, they are convinced that if the drought continues this year also, prices may impacted significantly.

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20th May (Wednesday),2015Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Govt not planning to stop ST15 rice subsidy programme
Published on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015            

Kuala Lumpur: The government is not planning to stop the ST15 rice subsidy programme yet so as to protect the interest of various parties, including 15,000 grocers nationwide.Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the ministry appreciated views and recommendations on the rice subsidy programme, but also took into account the impact on related parties if the programme was stopped."Firstly 15,000 grocery stores nationwide, secondly 2,400 wholesale workers, 865 rice wholesalers including 607 Bumiputera small traders, 43 Bumiputera rice millers and 35,000 farmers who receive direct supply of ST15 under the 20kg quota per month," he said. Gooi asked whether the government would review the subsidy programme following recommendation from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to suspend the subsidy programme for failing to benefit the poor.

Tajuddin said the ministry, however, would continue to monitor and scrutinise the programme from time to time through the establishment of the Paddy and Rice Industries Affairs Main Committee, which comprise the ministry's permanent representatives, its agencies and Farmers' Organisation Authority. "The committee is responsible to consider the ST15 rice quota to wholesalers. A technical committee will also be set up to inspect and evaluate the wholesalers from time to time," he said.On alleged distribution leakages, Tajuddin said 60,000 tonnes of ST15 rice produced would be distributed to wholesalers for onward distribution to retailers nationwide, every month.

"We don't think there are leakages because the wholesalers cannot keep the rice, if 60,000 tonnes for a month, how much for two or three months? They will not want to keep such a big amount of rice," he said.Tajuddin said that if any elected representatives had evidence of fraud in the sale of ST15, they can directly lodge a complaint to the ministry or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).However, Tajuddin admitted that there were some weaknesses in the delivery system, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, with limited access problem to rural areas as well as the lack of personnel to carry out enforcement and monitoring activities.In addressing the smuggling problem of ST15 rice to neighboring countries, especially Indonesia, Tajuddin has asked leaders at the grassroots to play a proactive role to assist the ministry to curb such problems. - Bernama
http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=99909

Access to finance limits export potential for millers

Wed, 20 May 2015
Cambodian rice exports have grown year-on-year since 2009 but have fallen well short of reaching the government’s 1 million tonne annual target, with experts saying that limited access to finance, warehousing and logistical support are holding back the potential of rice millers.According to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015, published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), despite the 3 million tonnes of paddy available for processing in Cambodia, it will not reach the 1 million tonnes export mark in 2015 and will need to invest in scaling up milling capacity and irrigation facilities.David Van, adviser to the Cambodia Rice Federation, said that while government figures for paddy production are probably inflated, the issue wasn’t the sector’s capacity to mill this paddy, but rather access to finance.
“Big impediment is not in milling capacity but in working capital of millers and exporters to buy paddy and compete with mainly Vietnamese brokers with deep pockets and plenty of cash provided by the Vietnamese government,” Van said.The problem stems from millers and exporters’ ability to get finance, Van said, with the government and donor partners failing to address the issue for years, though there was some assistance from the private sector.“Now we’re seeing more commercial banks, like ANZ Royal and Acleda, focusing on establishing some ‘paddy banks’, trying to team up with millers using a warehousing receipt concept - to use paddy as collateral,” Van added.
While there is some access to financing, it was more difficult to attain when compared to neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand, who are aided by local subsidies to buy paddy from Cambodia, said Kunthy Kann, CEO of rice miller Brico.“Vietnam and Thailand have government subsidies or warehouse facilities to buy during the season, so whatever is left after buying by local [Cambodian] millers goes to these countries,” Kann said.He added that the lack of financing and warehousing make it difficult for local millers to stock up all the rice available in November or December, given that Cambodia has only one harvest window.While the sector currently has the potential to produce 1.5 million tonnes of exportable rice, the mills are working at only 30 to 40 per cent average capacity a year due to low stockpiles, Kann said.
“Each miller has to have a lot of working capital to buy the paddy and have a huge warehouse facility, because the harvest is about eight weeks. This means you have to be able to collect as much as you can,” he added.Kann said that logistical costs, like using road transport instead of railways, to get rice to the ports was an additional cost that takes away from their limited capital spending.Charles Vann, executive vice president at Canadia Bank, said that private banks have been supporting rice exporters and millers with financing and collateral management, adding that the onus was on the borrower to meet bank criteria for loans.
“If they do not [have] access, or not have enough [access], it means that they are not qualified to [meet] the criteria. The rice miller needs to meet the banks criteria to qualify for a credit line,” Vann said.He said that it is helpful where the government can provide assistance, but for the private sector, when financing of the rice industry, collateral options would have to be a decision made by each individual bank.Cambodia’s rice exports in 2014 was a record-breaking 387,000 tonnes, but was still more than 60 per cent short of its intended 1 million mark.
Contact author: Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/access-finance-limits-export-potential-millers

Cuts in California rice open doors for competitors


Issue Date: May 20, 2015
By Ching Lee
Description: http://agalert.com/images/series/californiawatercrisis.jpg
Once again, California rice farmers are planting less rice due to water restrictions, while Southern rice-growing states are expanding their production of medium-grain rice, taking some of California’s markets in the process. 
Photo/Christine Souza

Description: http://agalert.com/story/images/4219_pg10_riceplant14CAS0000931.jpgWith California farmers not planting as much rice due to water restrictions, Southern rice-growing states are jumping in to fill the gap by expanding their production and taking some of the Golden State's markets in the process."You'd think with the drought and the reduced acres that things would be good, but the business went elsewhere," said Charley Mathews Jr., a rice grower in Yuba County.Although Southern states such as Arkansas and Louisiana typically grow long-grain rice and very little of the medium-grain rice that is the dominant variety in California, Southern growers are devoting more acreage to medium grain in expectation of tighter supplies from California, said Nathan Childs, an economist at the U.S.

Department of Agriculture. Higher returns for medium grain also have made it a more attractive choice for Southern growers, he added."Long-grain prices really went down last year, and so if you're a grower in the South, you look to soybeans or medium-grain rice," Mathews said, adding that newer rice varieties have allowed Southern growers to incrementally increase their medium-grain production.Southern medium-grain acreage more than doubled last year to 301,000, according to USDA, while California's total rice acreage fell 30 percent—from 567,000 in 2013 to 434,000 in 2014. Total U.S. medium-grain acreage rose 6 percent last year.

More medium-grain rice will be planted in the South again this year, as water restrictions force California farmers to decrease their plantings even further. Initial estimates from USDA indicate Southern growers intend to plant 311,000 acres of medium grain, while California farmers will grow 375,000 acres of medium grain and 408,000 acres of all rice varieties, a 6 percent reduction from 2014.California Rice Commission spokesman Jim Morris noted that the 2015 USDA estimates were made before the state's water allocations were finalized—and that California's total rice acreage will likely be lower.
While reduced plantings have had a significant impact on local communities and businesses that depend on rice farming, Mark Kimmelshue, general manager and CEO of Associated Rice Marketing Cooperative in Butte County, said those reductions "probably aren't going to have a huge effect on the world market and the price of rice."He said not only has production in other states offset the reductions in California, but the price of California rice has been relatively high compared to other rice sources in the world. He noted that Southern medium-grain rough rice (before it is milled) is now selling for $14 to $15 a hundredweight, while California medium-grain rough is $21 cwt."We haven't sold as much rice as we had in previous years," he said. "That means there's going to be more rice carried in from the 2014 crop into the 2015-16 marketing year than there has been in the past.
"Kimmelshue said while the state normally ships rice to Turkey, the country has not bought any rice from California this year; all shipments have come from the South. Likewise, Taiwan, which has been a big market for California rice, has been buying more Southern rice.Asian markets such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan typically prefer the quality of California rice, but those are limited markets, Kimmelshue said, and right now there's much more rice in California than those markets could absorb.
Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia historically have been big customers of California rice when prices were lower, but they've been turning to the Southern states' less-expensive product, he added.Mathews said the strength of the dollar has not helped, and political turmoil in the Middle East has affected sales to Libya and Syria, two of the state's biggest customers a few years ago. Turkey and Libya are two of the largest buyers of U.S. medium- and short-grain rough rice, whereas Japan, South Korea and Taiwan typically take almost two-thirds of total U.S. medium- and short-grain exports, USDA economist Childs said.Disruption at West Coast ports due to a nine-month-long labor dispute between shippers and dockworkers, which heightened last winter, also contributed to the state's increased rice stocks, Childs said.Winter is usually peak export season for rice, Mathews said, and the port slowdown affected the state's ability to ship rice to its Middle Eastern customers, who turned to Australia, a major competitor.

Rice production from Down Under had dropped off significantly during Australia's drought several years ago, but in recent years, it has made a huge comeback, Kimmelshue said. Australia not only competes with California in Middle Eastern markets but in key Asian markets of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, he added.One competitor the state doesn't have to worry much about is Egypt, once a major supplier of medium-grain rice. In recent years, the Egyptian government has been restricting rice exports in favor of keeping most of its supply for domestic consumption.Mathews said California is now catching up on its export backlog from the port slowdown, which ended in late February. He noted this summer will be a busy export season for California rice because Japan, which usually imports rice in the winter, has shifted its purchases to the summer due to the earlier disruptions at the ports."So we'll be able to move our crop, but it's just very delayed," he said.

Kimmelshue said he expects the price of rice will remain at current levels for the rest of the 2014-15 marketing year and into the 2015 crop. If the state receives plenty of rain this winter, prices could drop, because California farmers would plant more rice, increasing supplies. But if the drought continues and state rice acreage continues to fall, prices could start moving up again.Mathews said regardless of what happens in the market, his planting decisions remain the same every year because his land is not suited to growing anything but rice. Plus, his water supply is in "pretty good shape," he noted, and he has access to groundwater in some of his fields."The summertime is when things are going to get dicey, because that's when reservoirs get down to the bottom," he said. "What you don't ever want to see is somebody's crop getting shut off in the middle of summer. I've never seen it before, and we just hope it doesn't happen."(Ching Lee is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. She may be contacted at clee@cfbf.com.)
Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.
http://agalert.com/story/?id=8301&utm_source=USA+Rice+Daily%2C+May+19%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Friday%2C+December+13%2C+2013&utm_medium=email

Amru nearing organic rice deal with the US

Wed, 20 May 2015
Local rice exporter Amru Rice is close to signing an agreement with an American importer to bring Cambodian organic rice to the American market, according to the rice exporter’s chief executive.Amru Rice CEO Song Saran told the Post yesterday that after analysing the US market, his company had decided to tap into the potentially vast source of customers.“We observed that more Americans are consuming organic, chemical-free rice, so that’s why we’re trying to promote our rice there and obtain a larger market share,” he said.“We are preparing to sign an agreement with an importer to promote our brand of organic rice to the retail market and reach real consumers.
”However, Saran declined to reveal the name of the American company he was dealing with due to ongoing talks.He said that plans would be finalised in June with Cambodian rice hitting the shelves in September.Amru has already tested the market by exporting a small amount of unbranded organic rice. “Before we just sold some unpackaged organic rice, so the consumers didn’t know it was made in Cambodia. Now, we want to promote our brand,” said Saran.David Van, senior adviser to the Cambodia Rice Federation, said there was potential for the country’s organic rice in the US.“Amru has been working on exploring this market since last year, not only recently,” he said.
“They’re already exporting Preah Vihear organic jasmine [rice] to the US, drawing better margins than others who export regular jasmine [rice],” he explained.In September last year, Amru Rice signed a deal with eight farmer cooperatives in Preah Vihear province to purchase 2,500 tonnes of organic fragrant paddy rice.Fong Ngai, director of the Hong Kong Trade Office in Singapore, said Cambodian rice was known to be of good quality compared to others.“Cambodian organic rice is really good, as Hong Kong’s consumers prefer organic products. However, the price is a bit higher than [rice from] Thailand.”Cambodia’s primary organic rice exporter, the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture, known as CEDAC, shipped 540 tonnes of fragrant organic rice to international markets last year, an increase 20 per cent compared to 2013. The rice exporter is aiming to export 1,000 tonnes in 2015.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/amru-nearing-organic-rice-deal-us

Indonesia moves ahead with rice fields in Papua

Updated at 9:57 am on 20 May 2015
Indonesia's state-owned fertilizer maker Pupuk Indonesia is to raise $US 534-million to clear and develop 750,000 million hectares of rice fields in Papua.The Jakarta Globe reports this is part of President Joko Widodo's programme to establish a million hectares of rice, sugar cane, soybean, corn, and oil palm-growing area - dubbed the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate - in Papua by 2017.An official with Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry, Haryono, says Pupuk Indonesia is still discussing how to fund the investment.

Description: Rice fieldPrivate companies will be responsible for developing the remaining 250,000 hectares.Haryono says the project still had to resolve land acquisition issues, with the majority of the land being communally owned.He says a plus is that Merauke's land is flat and has irrigation systems left by the Dutch, which only need a few repairs.The government targets to clear 250,000 hectares of land by the end of this year.
Rice field, Photo: Supplied
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/274108/indonesia-moves-ahead-with-rice-fields-in-papua
PM okays $22mil. budget to preserve rice fields
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a budget of 470 billion VND (about 22 million USD) to help preserve and develop rice fields in nine cities and provinces across the country.Description: PM okays $22mil. budget to preserve rice fieldsNorthern Bac Ninh, central Thanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Ngai are among the provinces earmarked for attention, but most of the funds will go to Mekong Delta provinces such as Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang.A Government study has revealed that rapid urbanisation and industrialisation as well as infrastructure development have led to a decline in rice fields throughout Vietnam.Government Decision 35/2015 will serve as a keystone policy to assist localities in preserving and developing rice fields, ensuring the country's rice production capacity in the future.The decision stipulates that for each hectare of rice field in production, localities may receive up to 1 million VND (46.5 USD) on top of other on-effect subsidies provided by the State.

The decision also encouraged localities to convert other types of land into rice fields with subsidies of up to 10 million VND (465 USD) for each hectare.The budget will also be used for land enrichment, upgrading water irrigation systems and supporting local farmers to apply scientific and technological advances in rice production.In addition, the decision required localities and individuals to be committed to and legally responsible for the preservation of rice fields and the environment. Reports on rice fields under local authority management will be submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on an annual basis.A recent report by the agricultural ministry said the country must maintain rice production levels at 39.8 million tonnes in 2020 and 40.5 million tonnes in 2030 to ensure national food security.The task of preserving rice fields is of great importance as Vietnam is among the list of countries most affected by climate change. Up to 70 percent of its rice fields will be adversely affected by rising sea-level by the end of the century.
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Need to rethink our rice industry

It comes to mind that we need to end the subsidies on foods, even rice. Or in the case of what was recently raised by the Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM), especially rice. And it was an eye opener to get their data on issues plaguing our farmers.For one, it was calculated that the seasonal revenue for padi farmers in Sanglang is a mere RM4,773 for 1.4 hectares. Meanwhile, seasonal costs are calculated at RM3,027, thus leaving a mere RM1,004.84 for the farmers to take home to their families.It doesn’t sound so bad to have a thousand bucks, right? Wrong.That figure is for an entire season, which is four months long.
This means that the farmer gets an average monthly income of a mere RM250.The rice industry for Malaysia is huge, it is a RM7 billion industry. But put that together with what the farmer is earning? Well, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see something is wrong somewhere.Today, the farming industry in Malaysia, particularly rice, is a dying one. There are only 13 percent padi farming families in this nation of 30 million, with an average age of 60 years old.If you thought the farmers have it bad, the next step in the supply chain has it equally bad.With 95 percent of the farmers being Malays, they formed the Malay Rice Factory Association of Malaysia to set up their own factories.From boasting 110 factories before, there are now only 35 left.With all this in mind, let us consider what the government is targeting for the padi farmers by 2020.Among other points, this government is targeting the opening of 400,000 hectares of new land for padi farming.
Through the Economic Transformation Programme, the Malaysian government is also targeting self-sufficient production, 85 percent local production by 2020.That figure currently stands at 57 percent.This is no longer a case where you can provide more subsidies to farmers in order to bolster their income. There needs to be total reform and further study into making their incomes more attractive.


Shrinking rice bowl
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Thus, when people say that subsidies distort the market, here we are. Subsidies on rice, yet very little intervention down the supply chain from farm to fork, has caused and will definitely cause our so-called rice bowl to grow ever smaller to the point of insignificance.And that is why we need to reconsider whether subsidising rice is truly the best move. Farmers used to be able to sustain a household in the past, but this is no longer valid as we have seen above.So, should we reconsider paying a fair price for rice to allow the industry to become more attractive for a future generation of padi entrepreneurs?
Or, will we be just content on increasing our import of rice to cater to local demand without a care about food security?
This, I believe, is dependent on the government’s next Malaysia Plan which will plot out the next five years.Perfect timing, since the average padi farmer will be at the age of retirement by 2020.
  
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DITP hoping global rice traders will have more confidence in Thai rice 
BY EDITOR ON          2015-05-20 THAILAND
DITP hoping global rice traders will have more confidence in Thai rice
BANGKOK, 20 May 2015 (NNT)-The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has expressed its confidence that the 7th Thailand Rice Convention 2015 will raise foreign importers’ confidence in the quality of Thai rice.According to DITP Deputy Director General Banjongjit Angsusing, this year’s convention, now underway, is held under the theme ‘Think of Rice, Think of Thai Rice’.Its objective is to reiterate to rice importers that Thailand is still the world’s leading rice exporter and a global rice hub. Participants of this event have been informed about the environmentally-friendly methods used in producing rice grains.The 7th convention has also been held in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday anniversary. More than 50 rice traders from various nations attend the convention, which will come to an end tomorrow, the Deputy Director General said.

Liberia: Japanese Gov't Donates 8,060 Metric Tons of Rice to Liberia

 

By Bettie Johnson
Monrovia — The Japanese Government has handed over eight thousand Sixty Metric tons of assorted rice to the Government of Liberia. The donation brought together several Liberian officials, including Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, representatives of rice importers, Japan's Ambassador and other dignitaries.Speaking at the Program, Agriculture Minister Dr. Chenoweth said the impact of the program supports the whole cycle of rice production in Liberia.
 "Though Ebola took away almost everything, but the full cycle of support from the Japanese Government must be commended; the varieties are many and a selection of varieties has been made by the Agriculture Ministry and your program supports the foundation seed and sacrifice seed for all of the varieties. Most of our farmers in Liberia are illiterate and they know the means of the varieties, they tell you which type of seed they want," the Agriculture Minister said.Commerce Minister Addy commended the Japanese Government for their support to the Liberian economy. He disclosed that the rice donation is not the first as the other donations have led to the construction of bridges; projects and warehouses among others. Minister Addy also pleaded with consumers to swiftly purchase the rice, which he said will help finance other projects that will empower local farmers in the country.

Monsoon enters Sri Lanka; Kerala coast next on the list

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 20:  
Establishment of monsoon conditions over Sri Lanka was the positive signal on a day when the India Met Department suffered a setback over both the seas around the South.Winds over Arabian Sea suddenly reversed direction to being north-westerly (atypical of monsoon) while the watch for a ‘low’ in the Bay has had to be withdrawn.
Bay arm lags
Monsoon establishing over Sri Lanka is the most significant news after its onset over the Andaman and Nicobar islands in Indian territorial waters on Saturday last. But it has not been able to make any significant progress since. The Met merely hoped that it would cover more areas in the Bay of Bengal over the next two days.It had mentioned about the prospects of a low-pressure area developing in the Bay which could have revved up the Bay arm of the monsoon. This outlook has been withdrawn on Wednesday.The onset of monsoon over Kerala normally happens within a few days of that over Sri Lanka, and 10-12 days after Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
No MJO support
Meanwhile, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said it did not find support coming from the upper levels of the atmosphere for onset of monsoon along the Kerala coast.It was referring to the periodical Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) wave that travels periodically to the east across the Indian Ocean. It boosts convection and cloudiness at the ground level. But the monsoon can prevail even without MJO, provided the onset pulse packs the required strength and intensity to drive on its own along the West Coast.
El NiƱo outlook
Apart from triggering the onset of the monsoon, the MJO wave has also been responsible for setting up low-pressure areas, depressions, and even storms.The Bureau did not see an MJO moving over the Indian Ocean for at least the next two weeks. El Nino conditions in the tropical Pacific region are likely to strengthen, says the Bureau, which closely tracks weather in the region. Super typhoon Dolphin, which had helped drag in the monsoon faraway upstream over the Bay of Bengal, may also be bolstering the case of El Nino by default, too.The net effect is that moisture, storminess and cloudiness get driven away from Asia and the larger monsoon region into equatorial and east Pacific (towards South America).
(This article was published on May 20, 2015)

Rice mills seek exemption from GST

The rice mill owners and paddy-rice dealers in the State have appealed to the Union Government to exempt rice from Goods and Service Tax.This was one of the resolutions passed at a state-level meeting of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Rice Mill Owners and Paddy-Rice Dealers Associations held here on Tuesday.Since Tamil Nadu is deficit in paddy production and rice is a major food in the State, the Government has not levied any tax on these so far.Rice millers and farmers need additional power supply during the harvest season to dry the paddy and the low tension power supply available to these units is inadequate.
The federation appealed to the State Government and to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission to pass the required orders for this.The mills would pay the charges fixed by the commission for the additional supply.The paddy dealers and mill owners also appealed to the State to remove the market cess levied on rice.The State has 277 agricultural markets.However, rice and paddy were procured by the dealers and mills directly from the farmers and also from States such as Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, they pointed out.
Duty on rice pushes up paddy prices
Yasir Wardad
Duty on rice pushes up paddy prices
The prices of paddy increased by Tk140-150 per maund (37.32kgs) at farm level in last one week following the levying of 10 per cent duty on rice import, a market survey reveals.But farmers are reaping little benefit from the hike in prices. Big millers and traders, who have built up rice stocks through procurement of  the main staple from domestic and external sources, are making the most of it.By the time the paddy prices have taken an upturn, most farmers in the country are learnt to have sold out their new harvests.Market experts said more than 60 per cent of farmers already had sold out their produce at much lower prices to millers and their allied local wholesalers (pikers) or mid-level traders.
Paddy prices plunged to a three-year low this Boro season with the beginning of harvest from mid-April when per-maund Brridhan-28 sold at only Tk450-500 while finer-variety Miniket sold at Tk500-550 per maund, according to Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) data.The DAM reckonings show the prices of different varieties of paddy have increased by Tk140-150 per maund (30-33 per cent rise) in last seven days.  Costs of production of Brridhan-28 and 29 and Miniket were Tk750 to Tk800 per maund as per the calculation done by agriculture ministry.The government is going to buy paddy at Tk880 per maund and rice at Tk1280 per maund from May 30 from the farmers and millers, said food officials.Millers, traders and experts claimed that uncontrolled import of rice from India was the key reason behind the fall in paddy prices this Boro-harvesting season.
They had urged the government from the beginning of the year to withdraw zero duty on rice import as lower-priced imported rice flooded the market.However, the private importers have brought 1.417 million tonnes of rice until May 18, according to the food ministry data.Meanwhile, imports declined to 2,500 tonnes per day during the period from April to May 18 from 4,600 tonnes a day in July-March period of the current financial year, according to the data."As a consequence of huge imports, 60 per cent millers stopped their operation in December-April period in the peak Aman-and Boro-milling seasons," said KM Layek Ali, secretary of Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mills Owners Association (BAMHMOA).
He said Swarna variety's import cost was between Tk20 and 24 per kilogram when local milling cost of the produce was Tk27 to 29 per kg.However, amid growing demand from farmers, millers, experts, the government finally slapped 10 per cent duty on rice import with effect from May 11, according to the National Board of Revenue (NBR).The duty obligation pushed up paddy prices dramatically.Md Shah Suja, a farmer in Ramnagar Union under Nilphamari  sadar upazila, said Brridhan-28 was selling at Tk1140-1160 per 75- kg sack (Tk600-620 per maund) now against Tk850-900 per sack (Tk450-480 per maund) a week back.He said: "The price started to increase when most of us had sold our products. Every farmer incurred a loss of Tk2500-3000 per bigha (33 decimal) by cultivating paddy this season.
"He said local millers, paikers and traders are reaping huge benefits from the hike following the market intervention.Economist and rice-market expert Dr Mahabub Hossain told the FE that the government policymakers should have analysed the matter much earlier when the number of LCs increased significantly for rice import.He said if the duty obligation came earlier, it could benefit most of the farmers."But, many of the farmers who are in the harvesting process will get some benefit from recent price rises. If the paddy price increased to Tk650-700 per maund, the farmers at least could get back their investment," he said. "Many farmers go for Boro farming much later. We now term it Braush (Boro+Aus). The Braush cultivators will reap benefits," he said.Dr Hossain also said, "Without ensuring profits for farmers, we cannot increase our production at level necessary to ensure food security of the country.
Farm-economist Prof Gazi M Jalil said 60 per cent of the farmers have already sold their crop as they needed money for the jute and Aman cultivation and also for paying back their debts.Prof Jalil, who teaches agriculture economics at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, said the government should enact a time-befitting rice import and export policy to protect the interests of the country's people."Government should consider rice always a strategic crop, which could help it in framing a farmer-friendly import policy.
"However, rice (milled) prices were static marinating lower prices at mill-gate for last two weeks, BAMHMOA secretary KM Layek Ali said.The government allowed substantial rice import when local farmers gifted the country with record production, according to the government data.Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics data reveal that rice production was a record 34.465 million tonnes in the fiscal year 2013-14 while output of Aman and Aus crops accounted for record 13.2 million tonnes and 2.328 million tonnes respectively in the current financial year.Meanwhile, the production may surpass19.0 million tonnes in the current Boro season as per the prediction of the Department of Agriculture Extension.  
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Scientists prove a plant point
Our Special Correspondent
New Delhi, May 19: Government scientists have asserted that India has provided tens of thousands of samples of key foodcrops to global gene repositories, refuting allegations by sections of foreign researchers that India has been reluctant to share its plant resources.The scientists with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have said India ranks first in the list of contributors of plant germplasm in 11 gene banks maintained by the Consultative Group (CG) of International Agricultural Centres held "in-trust" for the global community.India has over the past three decades submitted over 66,800 plant germplasm varieties - or 9.2 per cent - to more than 720,600 accessions maintained by the network of CG repositories, emerging at the top of its list of contributors, the ICAR scientists said in a report that analysed the flow of plant varieties from India.
Crop scientists view such transfer of key plant material as critical for crop breeding and improvement programmes aimed at food security."This analysis should dispel notions that India hasn't been sharing its plant resources," said Rishi Kumar Tyagi, a principal scientist at the ICAR's National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, who led the study of plant germ flow from India over the past four decades.Plant gene repositories in the US, Russia, Taiwan, Germany and the UK also have several thousands of accessions of Indian origin. At a gene bank maintained by the US department of agriculture, over 22,000 among its total of more than 625,000 accessions are of Indian origin.
Crop researchers based in Europe had two years ago raised concerns that access to Indian plant germplasm was limited. Scientists from Norway had pointed out that the world's largest global seed vault maintained by Norway in Svalbard had very few samples from India.Tyagi and his colleagues have challenged that claim.The Svalbard gene vault has over 824,000 germplasm accessions from over 60 gene banks, among which over 66,000 accessions - or over 8 per cent - deposited by 24 gene banks are of Indian origin, the ICAR scientists said in their analysis just published in the journal PLOS One.Although India has directly submitted only 25 samples to Svalbard, over 66,000 samples are of Indian origin, having been deposited there by the CG crop research centres or by other national gene banks.
 The International Rice Research Institute in Manila, Philippines, has deposited its entire rice germplasm collection of 116,600 at Svalbard, among which over 16,220 accessions belonging to 18 species of rice have their origin in India, the ICAR scientists wrote in their report.The ICAR scientists have listed 16 crops, including rice, wheat, maize, chickpea, eggplant, groundnut and pigeon pea, among others, that have been deposited by India into gene repositories across the world. Among over 2,800,000 samples held by 446 organisations worldwide, 106,000 are from India."India is also a big beneficiary of such germplasm exchange," said Kailash Bansal, head of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, who was not involved in the analysis.
"One recent example is kiwifruit - it's import of germplasm that brought kiwifruit to India," he said.Crop scientists also point out that several varieties of foodcrops, including vegetables, currently cultivated across the country owe their origin to foreign germplasm.The analysis has revealed that the flow of plant germplasm from India has indeed slowed down over the past decade owing to national biodiversity laws that India enacted in 2002. The national biodiversity regulations lay down strict rules on the transfer of plant genetic material from India.From the mid-1970s through the early 1990s, India used to supply more than 4,000 germplasm samples each year. But over the past five years, the number has been less than 1,000 per year."Over the past decade, the number of requests India has received for germplasm has also declined," Tyagi said. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150520/jsp/nation/story_21087.jsp#.VV2yoflViko

Jute packaging by rice mills made mandatory in Bengal

By Ritwik Mukherjee May 20 2015
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The Rs 8,000 crore plus jute industry in West Bengal, which has been passing through a demand crisis and closure of mills, may get a new lease of life with Mamata Banerjee government deciding that rice mills in the state will now have to pack at least 70 per cent of their total production in new jute bags. There are more than 1,200 rice mills in the state.Jute mills from West Bengal will be given requisitions by the jute commissioner and accordingly jute bags for packaging of rice will be supplied to rice mills.In addition, a comprehensive list of rice mills in respective districts will be provided to the jute commissioner by the department of food and supplies to track the entire process of procurement.
The decision was taken on Wednesday at a meeting between the group of ministers and a delegation from the Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA).It was also decided that a 5-member committee comprising senior officials from the departments of finance and commerce, food and supplies, agriculture and labour will be set up. The committee will coordinate with the jute commissioner in future. The committee will have its first meeting on May 25 to work out the modalities.West Bengal houses 64 of the total 84 jute mills in the country. According to industry officials, jute mills in West Bengal till recently had been running at only 60 per cent of their capacity rendering a large number of workers jobless. There had also been a production cut of 30-40 per cent few months ago, thanks to lack of orders.“The meeting with the state government-appointed group of ministers was positive from the perspective of the jute industry in West Bengal.
“The decision taken during the meeting to ensure that rice mills purchase new jute bags for packing of levy rice is positive and encouraging. We are optimistic about the support and guidance provided during the extensive meeting with ministers and hope that the rich legacy of the jute industry will be taken into consideration while adopting a policy direction to revive the industry,” IJMA deputy chairman Ashutosh Bhagat told Financial Chronicle.Under the present system, the state government has been procuring 25-30 per cent of levy rice from nearly 1,200 rice mills. Through this mechanism, states buy paddy from millers for selling it through ration shops, the subsidy burden of which falls on the centre. The centre has already decided to do away with the levy purchase system by October 1, 2015.
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Forget chemotherapy — try some genetically modified lettuce to fight your colon cancer

May 19, 2015 · 9:00 AM EDT
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An agriculturist prepares to plant "Golden Rice" seedlings at a laboratory of the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna south of Manila, on August 14, 2013.
Credit: Erik De Castro/Reuters
There’s a lot of fear surrounding genetically modified fruits and vegetables. But what if scientists could engineer food to cure cancer?
Description: http://cdn-113a.kxcdn.com/sites/default/files/styles/story_main/public/story/images/RTX12N8H.jpg?itok=voU98njGThis story is based on a radio interview.Listen to the full interview.
New research suggests scientists can use plants to deliver a type of genetic material called microRNA, which can help prevent or suppress cancer. In experiments with laboratory mice that were fed the genes, incidences of colon cancer decreased.“It’s a very controversial field,” says Kendal Hirschi, a professor of pediatrics and human genetics at theChildren’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He’s also an author on one of the research papers about this topic.Hirschi says that though it’s generally understood that the healthiest diet is plant-based, there are a lot of converging opinions about the best bets for optimal nutrition.

“We’re playing with this idea that the microRNAs in the plant foods can be these regulators, something that is a bioactive compound that affects our bodies," he says.But Ken Witwer, an assistant professor of molecular and comparative pathology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, says we shouldn’t get too excited just yet. “So far we don’t have any data on genetically modified plants,” he says. Instead, the mice in the experiment had the microRNA injected directly into their stomachs via a feeding tube.

The same results would be difficult to achieve with dietary intake alone, he says. But finding a plant-based solution is an important step in the process, Hirschi explains: "There’s something about the delivery of the nutrients that’s better when we eat stuff out of the plant matrix.”These “transgenic plants” won’t be ready for at least a couple of years, the scientists estimate. And though GMO foods are controversial, they say this research is likely to transcend the politics. As Hirschi points out, “Who’s going to argue about making a plant to help a patient who has cancer?”

This story is based on an interview from PRI's Science Friday with Ira Flatow.
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ShopRite?  Shop Rice!
They're all about U.S.-grown rice 
Description: https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/5qeMCnywWQpowZryK3dstO9hzSWAZcJ2B1m51137IxEqEMb66iEaddjlgGykv8B7UM8XfW6P8dGfSafoed8FQH6Fodd3mqP4EW-ooXI8s-MGy0mxk-U=s0-d-e1-ft#http://www.usarice.com/images/Daily/Daily_Photos/DP/shoprite.jpgARLINGTON, VA -- This month, USA Rice is working with registered dietitians to promote U.S.-grown rice through theLive Right program at ShopRite, a chain of more than 250 grocery stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Shoppers will be educated on the health, environmental, and culinary benefits of U.S.-grown rice through the Wellness e-Newsletter and in-store activities.Distributed to more than 110,000 customers, ShopRite's Wellness e-Newsletter, A Serving of Health, provides shoppers with healthy recipes, as well as resources and tips for healthy living. This month, there is an entire section called "Make Over Your Meals with U.S.-Grown Rice, " encouraging consumers to add U.S.-grown rice to their shopping list. The newsletter features key messages about rice and USA Rice's recipe for Teriyaki Salmon with Gingered Vegetable Brown Rice.
U.S.-grown rice will be featured in the Dietitian's Selection Program from now through July, and in the Dietitian's Selection section of the Wellness Circular Insert, that reaches 10 million shoppers each week. U.S. rice will also be included on the Dietitian's Selection Shopping List that customers can pick up at all ShopRite stores, and is called out on shelves as a Dietitian's Selection. The retail dietitian team, active at 115 stores, uses this shopping list and incorporates these items into store tours, community events, and one-on one-consultations.  "Consumers look to dietitians as a credible source on healthy living and eating," said Paul Galvani, USA Rice's retail subcommittee chairman. "So building relationships with these dietitians and providing them with information they can in turn share with patrons is integral to our goal of increasing awareness of U.S. rice."


One-on-One with ITC Rice Industry Study
Rice's new best-seller
ARLINGTON, VA -- Yesterday USA Rice hosted a briefing by members of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) research team that conducted the yearlong study on the factors and policies affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry. The study, "Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry," is known as a Section 332 investigation and examined the rice industry in the U.S. and in major producing and exporting countries, such as China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Brazil.The study looked at the impact on the U.S. rice industry of exports from competitor countries to the U.S. and traditional U.S. markets like Mexico, Haiti, and West Africa and found that although the U.S. rice is high quality and enjoys favorable tariff treatment from markets such as Mexico and Central America, competition is on the rise.

"We used this is an opportunity for our Washington staff to get deeper into the specifics of the study," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. "We're grateful the ITC experts were willing to provide their insight and interpretations, share anecdotes, and answer many questions from our staff."
 Contact:  Deborah Willenborg (703) 236-1444
CCC Announces Prevailing World Market Prices 
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting marketing loan-gain (MLG) and loan deficiency payment (LDP) rates applicable to the 2014 crop, which became effective today at 7:00 a.m., Eastern Time (ET).  Rough rice prices decreased $0.21 per cwt for both long grain and medium/short grain.

World Price
MLG/LDP Rate

Milled Value ($/cwt)
Rough ($/cwt)
Rough ($/cwt)
Long-Grain
14.93
9.67 
0.00
Medium-/Short-Grain
14.55
9.80 
0.00
Brokens
  9.01
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This week's prevailing world market prices and MLG/LDP rates are based on the following U.S. milling yields and the corresponding loan rates:

U.S. Milling Yields
Whole/Broken
(lbs/cwt)
Loan Rate
($/cwt)
Long-Grain
57.21/12.55
6.64
Medium-/Short-Grain
61.89/8.83
6.51

The next program announcement is scheduled for May 27, 2015.    
CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   
CME Group (Prelim):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for May 20
Month
Price
Net Change

July 2015
$9.570
 - $0.080
September 2015
$9.840
- $0.075
November 2015
$10.090
- $0.075
January 2016
$10.355
- $0.070
March 2016
$10.420
- $0.070
May 2016
$10.420
- $0.070
July 2016
$10.420
- $0.070

 

Rice Is Sticky Issue for Japan in Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

Washington wants greater access to Japanese markets; Tokyo says no

By MITSURU OBE And YUKA HAYASHI
Updated May 19, 2015 3:33 p.m. ET
TOKYO—The cover photo on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Facebook page shows him bowing deeply to an elderly woman in rubber boots, standing next to a freshly planted rice paddy.The photo symbolizes the hefty influence rice farmers wield over Japane
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Fake rice made with plastic reportedly spreading across Asia
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Plastic rice sold on the Chinese market has reportedly found its way into various Asian countries, including India, Indonesia and Vietnam.The fake rice is made by mixing potatoes, sweet potatoes and synthetic resin, according to the International Business Times. It's long been circulating on the market in Taiyuan, Shaanxi and appears identical to natural rice.Health experts have warned that consuming the fake grains could seriously damage the digestive system.Authorities have attempted to quell consumers' fears as the internet has been abuzz with news of the fake rice landing on the shores of various Asian regions.
"As part of AVA’s routine surveillance, imported rice is regularly inspected and sampled to ensure compliance with our food safety standards and requirements," a spokesman from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) told The Straits Times after rumors surfaced that the fake rice had entered Singapore."We have not received any feedback on fake rice."The Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry likewise denied receiving any reports about the resin-laced grains, but said if it were to have gotten into Malaysia, it would most likely be sold at small shops rather than large supermarkets.So how can you avoid consuming plastic-tainted rice? According to Oryza.com, the fake rice grains remain hard after being boiled, and the soup made by it forms a very unappetizing plastic sheath 'that burns like plastic' when heated up. Euuhhh.
Contact the author of this article or email tips@shanghaiist.com with further questions, comments or tips.
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Yingluck Shinawatra Pleads Not Guilty to Negligence Over Thai Rice Subsidy

Former Thai Premier Speaks Before Trial

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand spoke on Tuesday outside the courthouse in Bangkok before the start of her trial on charges of criminal negligence.
 By Reuters on Publish DateMay 19, 2015. Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters.
HONG KONG — Former Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra of Thailand pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of criminal negligence over a plan to prop up rice prices, which her political opponents called a corrupt bid to buy support from the country’s farmers.“I am confident in my innocence,” she told reporters before the hearing.The Thai Supreme Court approved bail for Ms. Yingluck, who faces up to 10 years in prison. The trial is expected to take up to a year, during which she is barred from leaving the country.Ms. Yingluck was removed from office in a coup one year ago and retroactively impeached in January by the military junta that replaced her. The impeachment means she is barred from politics for five years.
She and her allies, including her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, have won every election since 2001, but they have faced fierce opposition from the political elites in Bangkok. Mr. Thaksin now lives abroad to avoid imprisonment in Thailand on corruption charges.The rice subsidies, a key policy of Ms. Yingluck’s during her three years in office, involved spending billions to buy the crop at high premiums over market rates. The effort angered the opposition, which called it a waste of public funds, and fueled street protests against her.She has called the program an important effort to support the country’s poor.Also on Tuesday, the military government said it would hold a referendum on a new constitution it is drafting. The government said the referendum would be held no later than next January. If it passes, officials said, the election the junta has promised would be delayed until August or September 2016.Poypiti Amatatham contributed reporting from Bangkok.
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Meet the Farmer Who's Helping Chipotle Go Organic

Civil EatsMay 20, 2015
By Ken Roseboro
McKaskle Family Farm supplies organic rice to more than a dozen Chipotle restaurants in Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas. (Photo: Organic & Non-GMO Report)
Chipotle Mexican Grill made news recently when the “fast casual” restaurant chain announced that it was serving only foods made with non-GMO ingredients.A farmer in Missouri is helping Chipotle take its “food with integrity” commitment one step further—to organic. Steve McKaskle, owner of McKaskle Family Farm, the only organic rice farm in Missouri, supplies a growing number of Chipotle restaurants in his region with organic long grain white and brown rice.
After the Tornado 
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Based in Braggadocio in Missouri’s southernmost Bootheel region, the seven-generation McKaskle Family Farm offers an excellent example of how a bad event can bring a blessing in disguise. In the early 2000s Steve and his wife Kaye grew organic cotton, which they supplied to companies like Patagonia, Ecosport, and Nike. But in 2006 an F4 tornado destroyed the McKaskles’ farm headquarters, tractors, barns, grain bins, cotton harvesters, and cotton gin. “We lost our entire farming operation and three-fourths of our home,” Steve McKaskle says. “We barely survived.”But like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the McKaskles rebuilt their farm. Without the cotton harvesters and gin, they switched to growing organic rice and found greater success. Today, their farm is thriving more than ever, as they supply organic rice to Chipotle restaurants in Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas.“We’re rebounders,” McKaskle says.Along with rice, McKaskle Family Farm grows organic popcorn, soybeans, winter wheat, and oats on about 2000 acres.They also package and sell their own Braggadocio brand organic rice and popcorn to Whole Foods store, Hy-Vee supermarkets, and natural food stores in Missouri and surrounding states.
Steve and employees in front of mill. (Photo: Organic & Non-GMO Report)
Mill Expands Capacity
To better serve Chipotle’s needs, McKaskle Family Farm recently expanded with a new rice processing facility that was partially funded by state income tax credits from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Construction of the mill was completed in November 2014.
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International Benchmark Price
Price on: 19-05-2015
Product
Benchmark Indicators Name
Price
Apricots
1
Turkish No. 2 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
5850
2
Turkish No. 4 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
4125
3
Turkish size 8, CIF UK (USD/t)
3425
Raisins
1
Californian Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
2378
2
South African Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
2227
White Sugar
1
CZCE White Sugar Futures (USD/t)
887
2
Kenya Mumias white sugar, EXW (USD/t)
690
3
Pakistani refined sugar, EXW Akbari Mandi (USD/t)
551
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Commodity-wise, Market-wise Daily Price on 19-05-2015
Domestic Prices
Unit Price : Rs per Qty
Product
Market Center
Variety
Min Price
Max Price
Rice
1
Bonai (Orissa)
Other
1900
2200
2
Cachar (Assam)
Other
2000
2500
3
Kheda (Gujarat)
Other
1800
3350
Wheat
1
Dhing (Assam)
Other
1450
1700
2
Manvi (Karnataka)
Other
1501
1510
3
Bonai(Orissa)
Other
1450
1600
Mango
1
Sirhind (Punjab)
Other
2000
4000
2
Pattambi(Kerala)
Other
1500
2000
3
Bonai(Orissa)
Other
1000
3000
Cucumbar
1
Banki (Orissa)
Other
1300
1500
2
Aroor (Kerala)
Other
2400
2600
3
Bharuch(Gujarat)
Other
700
1000
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Egg
Rs per 100 No
Price on 19-05-2015
Product
Market Center
Price
1
Pune
300
2
Chittoor
328
3
Namakkal
311
Source: e2necc.com
Other International Prices
Unit Price : US$ per package
Price on 19-05-2015
Product
Market Center
Origin
Variety
Low
High
Potatoes
Package: 50 lb cartons
1
Atlanta
Colorado
Russet
19
23.50
2
Baltimore
Canada
Russet
20
21
3
Chicago
Idaho
Russet
20
24
Carrots
Package: 20 1-lb film bags
1
Atlanta
California
Baby Peeled
18
20.50
2
Chicago
California
Baby Peeled
16.50
17
3
Dallas
Arizona
Baby Peeled
20
20
Grapefruit
Package: 7/10 bushel cartons
1
Atlanta
California
Red
20.50
20.50
2
Baltimore
California
Red
19
19
3
New York
Texas
Red
18
18
Source:USDA

Price on: 20-05-2015
Product
Benchmark Indicators Name
Price
Apricots
1
Turkish No. 2 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
5850
2
Turkish No. 4 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
4125
3
Turkish size 8, CIF UK (USD/t)
3425
Raisins
1
Californian Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
2370
2
South African Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
2219
White Sugar
1
CZCE White Sugar Futures (USD/t)
879
2
Kenya Mumias white sugar, EXW (USD/t)
690
3
Pakistani refined sugar, EXW Akbari Mandi (USD/t)
568
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Domestic Prices
Unit Price : Rs per Qty
Product
Market Center
Variety
Min Price
Max Price
Jowar(Sorgham)
1
Amreli (Gujarat)
Other
1050
3000
2
Theni (TamilNadu)
Other
1280
1360
3
Jogipet (Telangana)
Local
1200
1242
Maize
1
Amirgadh (Gujarat)
Other
1200
1310
2
Athani (Karnataka)
Local
1501
1510
3
Theni(Tamil Nadu)
Other
1200
1400
Orange
1
Muktsar (Punjab)
Other
1800
2500
2
Solan(Himachal Pradesh)
Other
2000
2500
3
Sitapur(Uttar Pradesh)
Other
2550
2750
Cabbage
1
Bonai (Orissa)
Other
1500
2000
2
Chala (Kerala)
Other
2700
2750
3
Gumla(Jharkhand)
Other
1400
1800
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Egg
Rs per 100 No
Price on 20-05-2015
Product
Market Center
Price
1
Ahmedabad
300
2
Hyderabad
272
3
Mysore
336
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Other International Prices
Unit Price : US$ per package
Price on 20-05-2015
Product
Market Center
Origin
Variety
Low
High
Onions Dry
Package: 50 lb sacks
1
Atlanta
Mexico
Yellow
21.50
21.50
2
Baltimore
California
Yellow
19
19
3
Chicago
Texas
Yellow
15
15
Cucumbers
Package: cartons film wrapped
1
Atlanta
Canada
Long Seedless
8.50
9.50
2
Dallas
California
Long Seedless
12.50
13
3
Miami
Mexico
Long Seedless
9
10
Apples
Package: cartons tray pack
1
Atlanta
Virginia
Red Delicious
19
19
2
Baltimore
Washington 
Red Delicious
20
24
3
Miami
Washington
Red Delicious
24
26
Source:USDA


Satake to exhibit at FOOMA Japan 2015


5/19/2015 - by World Grain Staff
TOKYO, JAPAN — Satake will exhibit at FOOMA Japan 2015 June 9-12 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Tokyo, Japan.
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